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Should You Put Your Home on a Diet?

by Lorie Marrero

Having issues with clutter? Professional organizer Lorie Marrero says you can eliminate messes the same way you shed those extra pounds — by changing your habits one day at a time. How many “clutter-pounds” do you need to lose? Take our quiz to find out.

Your storage space:
1 of 10 questions

Option A

Has room to spare

Option B

Is mostly full

Option C

Can’t fit one more box

Option D

Has expanded into rented units

What are your shopping habits?
2 of 10 questions

Option A

You shop with a purpose and usually stick to a list

Option B

You buy a couple of things you did not expect to find

Option C

You shop for pleasure and buy many things because they’re on sale

Option D

You’re a shopaholic! It’s a big part of your life.

Your closet:
3 of 10 questions

Option A

Looks like a magazine photo — it’s just right and everything is visible

Option B

Mostly works really well, although sometimes you have trouble finding things

Option C

Is overstuffed — you frequently have problems finding clothes and shoes

Option D

Threw something back the last time you threw something into it!

When deciding what to do with a pile of stuff, you:
4 of 10 questions

Option A

Quickly and easily choose what to keep, donate or discard

Option B

Debate over several items, but mostly get through piles quickly

Option C

Take a while to decide about each object

Option D

Forget decisions — you’re keeping it all!

How long does it take to find a particular piece of paper you need?
5 of 10 questions

Option A

Just a few simple seconds

Option B

Just a few minutes

Option C

Over 10 frustrating minutes

Option D

You tear the place apart for quite a while, or you just give up

How sentimental are you?
6 of 10 questions

Option A

You have a few mementos, but you’d rather not take up too much space with more

Option B

You have a bunch of great souvenirs and photos that you have stored effectively

Option C

You have too much memorabilia, but it’s really hard to go through it

Option D

Almost everything reminds you of a special time, place or person, and you need to keep it

Your reading material consists of:
7 of 10 questions

Option A

One bookshelf and a basket of magazines

Option B

A couple of bookshelves and a few subscriptions, most of which you’ve read within one to two months

Option C

Several full bookshelves and many subscriptions, most of which you don’t have time to read

Option D

More than you can count! The library borrows books from you, and you keep every magazine you read.

Your kitchen countertops are:
8 of 10 questions

Option A

Streamlined and clear

Option B

Scattered with a few objects each day, but you clear them off routinely

Option C

Constantly cluttered

Option D

A fading memory

Your laundry is:
9 of 10 questions

Option A

All neatly folded and put away

Option B

In process, with a few loads pending here and there

Option C

Frequently out of control, but you recover

Option D

All wrinkled and covers every seating surface

Overall, your living space feels:
10 of 10 questions

Option A

Serene and calm

Option B

Lived-in but livable

Option C

Cluttered and slightly chaotic

Option D

Overwhelming